Ark Anglers

Bill Dobson

Bill knows that flyfishing has changed his life for the better, and he loves sharing the Arkansas River and her trout. Bill moved with his family to the valley over 20 years ago and immediately knew that if he started flyfishing, it would be all he wanted to do. He bought his first rod in 1995, and life hasn't been the same since. His passion brings him to the river almost daily (even in the winter!), and he can be found somewhere between Leadville and Canon City on those days. Bill began guiding for Arkanglers in '98. He's a Rotary Club Past-President, enjoys trail running and mountain biking, and spends time in the winter hosting at Monarch and studying the Telemark turn.


Braden Baker

Braden Baker's love of the mountains and cold, clear water led him from the finance world in Dallas to Colorado.  Most days you'll find him managing the ArkAnglers shops in Buena Vista or Salida, otherwise he's hiking to the river with a 5 weight and a Chernobyl Ant or trekking to one of the valley's high lakes.  


Chuck Prather

Chuck Prather has been guiding wade trips in Colorado for over twenty years. While his regular haunts are on the northern front range, he guides with ArkAnglers regularly and is a valued part of our team. His emphasis on teaching makes him a frequently requested guide. Visit Chuck at www.flyfishingservicesinc.com.


Daniel Haan

Daniel Is a native to Colorado, having grown up along the Front Range. He spent the majority of his childhood playing baseball and fishing the Big Thompson, Poudre, and the many small creeks and lakes of the alpine zone in the Rocky Mountains. Being temporarily displaced in Iowa for a couple of years, he learned to cast big bugs for pike and bass, although his heart always truly remained in the mountain rivers of Colorado.  Once he returned from Iowa, Daniel pursued professional fly fishing through school at Colorado Mountain College, as well as experiential learning on his own and hasn’t looked back since.


Greg Felt

Greg Felt founded ArkAnglers with Rod Patch in 1998 and managed the guide service full-time until 2016. Since then he has been elected Chaffee County Commissioner, where he serves as Board Chairman, and continues his long work with water, serving as a director of the Upper Arkansas and Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy Districts, on the Arkansas Basin Round Table, and on the Colorado board of the Trust for Public Land. He still provides daily oversight at ArkAnglers and guides a reduced schedule of float-fishing trips.  


Jera "Pink" Vinton

A native Vermonta', and lifelong fisherman, Jera("Pink"), moved to the Salida area in '86, and after running whitewater for 14+ years, he "evolved" into one of the original ArkAnglers float guides. After spending the past 6 years living out East and chasing lunkers, from Maine stripers to New York steelhead, he has returned and is fullfilling his dream by living on the banks of the Arkansas, where beautiful fish are mere spitting distance from his backdoor. Though his specialty is float trips, he also has extensive experience hiking for high mountain cutthroats and stalking lakes for "beastly" carp.
Pink enjoys many outdoor activities, including ski patrolling in the winter, but ultimately, "fishing is what truly floats my boat". His stories can be found on his web page, "Blue Balls Diaries", on www.flyfishsalida.com.


John LaGow

Growing up on the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, John spent most of his childhood fly fishing for warm water species like smallmouth bass, pike, and walleye.  He got his first boat (a 14 foot jon boat) before most kids learn to drive.  At 19 years old, John moved to Colorado and began guiding whitewater paddling trips and wilderness backpacking trips.  He moved to the Arkansas valley in 2011 to focus on whitewater raft guiding.  "When I realized that I could blend my lifelong love for fly fishing and my whitewater skills, I knew I was going to love being a float fishing guide." As an avid fly tyer, one of his favorite things is to see a customer catch a nice fish on a "home tie".  When not floating or wading the Arkansas, John can be found chasing Pike and Musky with his fly rod.  


John Melrose

Originally from the Midwest, John's first fishing and paddling trips were to the boundary waters of Minnesota. Shortly after graduation from high school, he moved to Colorado and fell in love with the Arkansas River Valley. A whitewater guide since 2001, the summers would bring him seasonally to the Arkansas River while completing college in Denver. John and his wife Erin moved to Buena Vista in 2013, they enjoy the small town vibe and find it the perfect place to raise their daughter. He stays busy in the winter as a snowmobile guide patiently waiting for the river to flow. His hobbies include ice hockey, whitewater kayaking, raft racing, fly tying and of course fly fishing. John enjoys both float and wade guiding for ArkAnglers as they present unique challenges to each day.

 

 


Kevin "Caveman" Potter

Caveman Potter has worked the Arkansas in a whitewater and fishing capacity since 1986, transitioning to full-time fly-fishing guiding in 2003. He winters in Isle Morada, Florida, where he guides saltwater trips, and summers in the Salida area, float fish guiding through the summer and fall. The river life has been good to Cave. In a recent interview, when asked what he likes most about guiding on the Arkansas, his response was both expansive and concise: "Yes," he said.


Larry Friedrichs

A native Coloradoan with 50 years chasing trout, Larry is not content to let a day pass without making it memorable - both for him and his guests. Seventeen years guiding multi-day trips through the Grand Canyon made him a rock-solid boater and an organized and efficient guide. Now he brings that experience to bear on our regional fisheries, guiding float and wade trips on the river and power boat trips on area reservoirs. When not guiding, hunting or horseback riding, Larry is out on the water doing research or working on new fly patterns. Facebook him at 'Larry Friedrichs' or visit him at http://wwwfishspotter.blogspot.com.


Mark Richardson

Mark is a Buena Vista native who winters in the Keys and summers on the home water. A licensed captain, he spends November-March chasing sailfish, tarpon and bonefish. April through October finds him working the Arkansas, where he excels at float-fish guiding. For Mark, the Arkansas is a great teaching river. Many of his fondest memories derive from helping anglers land their first fish on a fly. "The challenge of teaching and then watching it all come together as the day goes on is truly rewarding to me."


Mike Ondrasek

Mike bought his first fly rod with his allowance money when he was 12.  He started fly fishing for bass & panfish on the lake he grew up on in Wisconsin.  During high school & college, it was the lake run chinook & "steelhead" that kept him busy.  After a year of chasing trout in New Zealand he moved to Colorado.  Mike has spent the last 18 summers in the Ark Valley pursuing trout.  In the winters, he usually heads down to Islamorada to work fishing salt water.  Mike's new passion is catching billfish on the fly.

 


Nathan Larimer

Nathan Larimer grew up in the Midwest, but spent many of his childhood summers rafting or fishing the Arkansas River. His formal education consists of an MFA in Photography from The Savannah College of Art and Design, but he has been a rafting guide for nearly 20 years and a fly fishing guide since 2016 all on the Arkansas. He lives in Buena Vista, Colorado with his wife Cara, son Archie, and daughter Isla Mae. He is also an avid bird hunter and has some bird dogs that seem to take up every spare moment he has. Please visit www.nathanlarimer.com for more info on Nathan.


Preston Larimer

Preston first picked up a fly rod in 1978, and has fished ever since. Experienced both in freshwater and tropical salt water, he is also skilled in fly tying. He is professionally trained as a Wildlife Biologist, and has taught natural resources, environmental education and biology on both the college and high school level.  He is also a skilled naturalist and birder. After learning fly fishing on eastern and Midwestern trout and steelhead streams, he guided for 12 years in the Missouri Ozarks and the Medicine Bow Mountains in Wyoming.  He has fished the Arkansas Headwaters for the past 20 years, and he and his wife moved to the valley in 2008 to start Rock Run Gallery in Buena Vista (rockrungallery.com). 


Rachel Kohler

Rachel grew up fishing California lakes, though truth be known, it was often with bait she didn’t want to touch.  Thankfully, she was introduced to the fly rod on a backcountry trip in Colorado, and she never looked back.   Willing to find any excuse to be on the river, it was only a matter of time before she decided to take to the oars.  She learned  to row right here with us on The Arkansas River.  Rachel enjoys guiding from the banks or her boat.  “This river, all rivers really, are magic places. Fishing and guiding  are the  best ways I know to really be a part of these places and share that.” 


Rob Whitman

Rob began flyfishing almost twenty five years ago and began tying his own flies shortly thereafter. Over the years he has become very interested in aquatic entomology and this has greatly benefitted his fly tying. With Arkanglers since 2005, he really looks forward to meeting new people and assisting them in maximizing their enjoyment and effectiveness as anglers. He has fished all the western states but California. However, he finds it very tough to leave the Arkansas these days to fish any other water - "We have a great fishery which only seems to get better with each year."


Steve Yugovich

Born in Minnesota and raised in Colorado, you could say fishing is in this guy’s blood.  His passion and knowledge of the sport of fly fishing seems to grow every season.  Steve enjoys the vast opportunities that the waters in and around Chaffee County provide.  You never know when or where you’ll bump into him as he’s always searching for new places and opportunities to catch fish.        


Stuart C. Andrews

A resident of the state since 1960, Stuart has been a flyfisher since 13 and a guide for ArkAnglers since 2004. During a fishing/guiding journey of 42 years that has included the Arkansas, Fryingpan, Roaring Fork, South Platte, Poudre, Big Thompson, and San Miguel Rivers, there has always been one constant, the high lakes of Colorado. Many summer days you can find him someplace above timberline leading guests to pristine waters holding cutthroat trout or doing "research" to ensure their success. When not on the water, Stuart can usually be found in his studio, paintbrush in hand. His internationally recognized artwork can be viewed at www.viewgallery.com or in our shops after your fishing adventure.


Tony King

Tony was born in Colorado but at the age of four his family moved to Alaska. It was there where Tony caught his first fish, a Lake Trout trolling a red and white Daredevil. That's all it took! Tony bought his first fly rod at fourteen and cut his teeth on the Russian river. Later Tony guided in the eighties for three years through out Alaska. Tony was hired in 2013 to manage the retail side of things at Arkansas River Fly Shop. He and his wife Teresa are now empty nesters so Tony is back to guiding full time. Tony enjoys teaching young and old what he has learned from such a great group of people who have been part of a 35-year love of Fly Fishing!


Travis Anderson

Travis is a true Coloradoan on many levels.  Born and raised in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, he spent his youth participating in rodeos, and in his free time he would take his horses up to the high mountain lakes to fish.  After landing his first fish on a fly rod, he never put the sport down.  Not only did Travis find his love for fly fishing, he discovered a passion for teaching, which is invaluable in the guiding profession.  You'll find Travis in his natural element on a walk/wade trip or a journey floating down the river.